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Gratitude List: Finding Gratefulness Even In the Smallest Things

Gratitude List

Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to bring light into your life even when things aren’t going so well. There are studies that have found people who write about what they were grateful for were more optimistic and generally felt better about life.  It doesn’t take much out of your day to write a few things down and become aware of what is really good about your life. We’ve created a list to help you on your way so you too can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of gratitude.

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is all about becoming aware of the good things in your life. There is always something that is going right for you. Gratitude is a way of examining the positive aspects of your life. It’s a powerful tool that can immediately lift you up. If you practice it every day, you solidify positive feelings. This can reduce stress, improve mental and emotional well-being, and just generally make you feel happier. 

If you write down various things you’re grateful for with each part of your life, you can improve relationships, your job situation, and even your financial situation. It’s part of creating a positive energy within yourself where things can really start to change. If you’re always thinking about how much your partner annoys for something small, you may lose a connection to them as you draw away. However, when a small thing comes up, you can instead turn it around and remember something nice they did for you. Then the small annoying thing doesn’t seem so bad. 

This can apply to any part of your life. It’s a choice to look at things in a negative light or find the positive through gratefulness. No matter what is happening in your life, there is always something good happening. When you’re able to focus on the good, you can shine a light on the darkness and find happiness.

Writing Down What You’re Grateful For
 
When you write down what you’re grateful for, it’s more powerful than a fleeting thought. You also have the opportunity to look back at your happy moments on days where it’s difficult to find the joy. It’s not easy at first to think about what to be grateful for but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Think of your first morning cup of coffee and how good it tastes. 

That’s a small thing to be grateful for but it’s a great catalyst for your mind to open up to other positive aspects of your life. Be in the moment and think about who you are, the love that surrounds you, and what you have right now. If possible, it’s a great part of a morning routine to start the day right. Have a book designated only for your grateful, positive thoughts and make it a sacred practice.
 
Gratitude List Ideas
 
To help you on your way to finding gratitude, here are a few categories you might want to focus on. Within each category, there are reasons to feel grateful that will likely resonate with you. If you find the time to write a few things down daily and make it a habit, you’ll take that with you throughout your life. Gratitude will become a habit and from that, you can take advantage of all the beautiful benefits it offers.
 
Small Things
  • A stranger smiling at you
  • The roof over your head
  • A small success at work
  • Your morning coffee
  • Your favorite desert
  • Your favorite song playing on the radio
  • The perfect parking spot
  • A joke that made you laugh so hard, your belly hurt
  • A childhood memory
  • A nice moment with your favorite pet
  • A beautiful meal
  • A workout that left you feeling invigorated
  • A cuddle with your partner
Nature & Environment
  • A cool breeze
  • Sun on your face
  • Walking in nature
  • Snow gently falling
  • Seeing a butterfly flutter in your garden
  • Spending time in the garden
  • Submerging yourself in water
  • Enjoying winter sports
  • Memories of camping
  • The smell of nature
  • Seeing wild animals
  • Listening to ocean waves
  • Blooming flowers in spring
  • The sound of rain while you’re cozy in bed
Home Comfort
  • Your cozy, warm bed
  • Your favorite place to relax in your home
  • Taking a bath
  • A nice, warm shower
  • The food in your fridge
  • Cooking a wonderful meal in your kitchen
  • Living in a home where you feel safe
  • A reliable car
  • Air conditioning when it’s hot
  • A heat source during the winter months
  • The view outside your window
  • The gift of electricity
  • The memories with your family in any given room
  • A well-organized sanctuary for you to enjoy
Social Interactions & Relationships
  • A warm hug from someone you love
  • Your best friend
  • Your child’s smile
  • Holding a baby
  • Your partner’s words of affirmations
  • Small acts of kindness from someone you love
  • The lessons your parents taught you
  • A fun event you’re going to
  • Sharing feelings with someone
  • Meeting new people that resonate with you
  • Fulfilling family time
  • Social media interactions that are positive
  • An unexpected call from someone you miss
  • Seeing someone you haven’t seen in a long time
  • A phone call that leaves you smiling
Leisure & Entertainment 
  • Going to the movies
  • Staying home and watching Netflix
  • Going on vacation
  • Going to a musical event 
  • Dancing
  • Playing games of all kinds
  • Doing yoga and meditation
  • A lazy day where you do nothing
  • A cozy afternoon nap
  • Watching your favorite sports team win a big game
  • Making someone else smile
  • Trying something new
Personal Development & Achievement
  • Opportunity for growth
  • Achieving something new
  • Getting to a goal
  • Being promoted
  • Finding a sense of inner peace
  • Turning an argument into a constructive conversation
  • Negotiating successfully
  • A productive day
  • Keeping within your budget
  • Saving money
  • Making something with your own hands successfully
  • Making positive changes and sticking to them
  • Impacting someone in a positive way
  • Planting metaphorical seeds
  • Seeing the results of your hard work paying off
  • Your morning routine
  • Taking care of your body
  • Forgiving yourself for past mistakes
  • Choosing to eat healthy, nourishing food
  • Being in good physical health
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